Gareth Steel wants you to understand vets in a way you never could have before.
How it feels to watch a healed dog bound into their owner’s arms. The joy of breathing life into the fluid-filled lungs of a newborn calf after a difficult labour. The satisfaction of rescuing a distressed sheep from the high-tide line.
What it’s like to work 100-hour weeks for less than the minimum wage. How it can scar your soul to euthanize a beloved puppy with its grieving family beside you. The pressure of having to know such a diverse range of medicine, that one hour you can be protecting yourself from a dangerously distressed horse and the next you can be performing delicate surgery on a tiny mouse. How all these pressures have built up to the extent that vets have four times the national suicide rate, and why.
Gareth Steel has been a vet for nearly twenty years and has worked all over the UK, across both rural and city practices, dealing with all manner of household pets and farm animals. This is his fascinating raw account of just how involved the job is and the toll the extreme emotions that come with it can take, but it also a heart-warming and often humorous story of the desperate lengths we go to for the love of animals.
I am a big animal lover so I was excited to read this book. I use to work on a farm a long time ago and I felt as though I was reliving it kind of through this book. I loved the way the book was written, it made it a comforting read to me. Gareth has been a vet for a long time and these are his stories about what it is like day to day to be a vet, and all the animals that he meets. I found it extremely interesting and felt like I learnt a few things along the way. There are some really funny parts but also some sad parts that made me shed a few tears. I really enjoyed this book and I want to say Thank you to Gareth for opening up and sharing his stories with us.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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